Keith Alexander

  • Instead Of An Investigator, School Board Turns To Ethics Panel And FOI

    After learning that hiring an investigator would cost roughly $15,000 to $20,000 to look into leaked board communications, the Board of Education decided at a special meeting on Wednesday, November 11, to look into both filing a Freedom of Information “complaint” and to refer the entire situation to the local Board of Ethics.

    The decision came after discussions at multiple meetings on the subject of an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media.

  • With Hamilton’s Text Message Admission, School Board Directs Chair To Look Into Hiring An Investigator

    The Board of Education voted at its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, to direct its chair to look into hiring an investigator following an announcement by board Secretary Kathy Hamilton that she had shared a text message of a digital conversation by the board months ago.

    The topic of the text message and an e-mail, both of which the board has referred to as “leaked communications,” have been discussed at multiple meetings in recent weeks.

  • Selectmen Make Ethics Referral On Leaked E-mail Case

    For the first time in memory, the Newtown Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to make a referral to the local Board of Ethics after meeting in closed session garding what was described on their agenda as: “Attorney-Client privileged communication and discussion of employer rights and responsibilities regarding employee non-work related behaviors.” The closed session preceded the board's open meeting on Monday, November 2.

  • Freedman Admits To Leaking Board Of Education E-mail To ‘Expose Wrongdoing’

    After the Board of Education voted Monday, October 26, to hire an investigator to look into recently leaked communications, member David Freedman announced Tuesday, October 27, that he released one of the leaked communications.

    An intraboard e-mail and a text message were released in recent weeks through social media and shared by nonboard members. The information shared in the communications pertained to then-upcoming board discussions, an executive session, and dialogue with the board’s attorney.

  • With Continuing Focus On Facilities, BOE Says No School Closure For 2016-17

    Hawley Elementary School PTA President Kristen Bonacci, standing at left, spoke first, representing the SOS campaign, during public participation at the school board's special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.  
  • School Board Authorizes 12.14 Foundation Use Of NHS This Summer

    After discussion and hearing from multiple members of the public, the Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to allow The 12.14 Foundation to use Newtown High School’s auditorium and other rooms for its two planned productions this summer.

    The 12.14 Foundation’s goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown. This is the third year the foundation will involve local students and residents in musical productions.

  • Proposed School Budget Discussed At Community Forum

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., offered an overview of the proposed 2015-16 budget during an evening Community Forum on Tuesday, March 10.

    Others, including Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, also spoke at the event, and time was set aside for parents to ask questions regarding the proposed budget.

    The community forum was hosted by the districts PTAs and the high school’s PTSA.

  • Alexander Named New Board Of Education Chair, NHS Administrative Vacancy Also Filled

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to hire David Roach of Southbury to fill a vacant assistant principal position at Newtown High School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Later in the meeting the school board also voted to name Keith Alexander as its new chair.

    “Welcome,” school board Vice Chair Laura Roche said after the vote to hire Mr Roach.